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U.K. navy to station new vessels in Indo-Pacific for 5 years

Adm. Radakin says important to maintain freedom of navigation in Taiwan Strait

The HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves the U.S. naval base at Yokosuka, Japan on Sept. 8.   © Kyodo

LONDON -- The U.K. will station two new patrol vessels in the Indo-Pacific region for "at least the next five years" as part of plans by the U.S. and its allies to check China's naval expansion, Tony Radakin, a senior Royal Navy admiral, told Nikkei in a recent interview. 

Britain has been strengthening its presence in the region since leaving the European Union, and has already dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth to the region. Concerns include the security of Taiwan.

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